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Dance with Red Spears
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Dance with Red Spears
Verso: Fishermen

Henry Clarence Pitz, American, 1895 - 1976

Made in United States, North and Central America

c. 1935

Watercolor over graphite on thick white wove paper (recto and verso)

Sheet: 22 3/8 x 30 1/4 inches (56.8 x 76.8 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of the Philadelphia Water Color Club, 1941

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A painter, illustrator, teacher, and author, Henry Pitz studied at the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art (now the University of the Arts) between 1914 and 1917. After service in World War I, he returned to Philadelphia and took his work to New York publishing houses, which immediately launched a fifty-year career that included more than 250 illustration projects. He was best known for the drawings he made for historical narratives, such as Strafford Riggs's The Story of Beowulf (1933) and Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe (1936). Later, Pitz wrote books on the history and technique of illustration. Unfortunately, this rollicking battle scene has never been identified with one of his many projects.